“Beetlejuice: The Sequel” Closer Than You Think
Hollywood is blowing the dust off Beetlejuice…once again ignoring a specific request from The ’80s demanding that its box office blockbusters be left alone.
Warner Bros. has commissioned a remake of Tim Burton’s 1988 supernatural comedy. The hit film starred Catherine O’Hara, Winona Ryder, Geena Davis, Alec Baldwin and Michael Keaton — as a mischievous ghost conjured up by a pair of recently-deceased homeowners desperate to frighten away the new tenants. In 2011, the WB teamed up with production company KatzSmith to pen a follow-up to the cult classic, but little has been heard about the Beetlejuice revival.
The Hollywood Reporter cites sources who say Burton has been offered the chance to direct the sequel as well as produce — a role he currently shares with David Geffen.
Of course, details are still emerging, but we wouldn’t be surprised to catch Michael dropping in too, just to spook things up for old time’s sake. In a 2005 interview, Keaton was razzle-dazzled by the idea of reprising his role as the foul-mouthed (and fouler smelling) ghoul, who even inspired an animated series in the 1990s.
“That is a movie I would like to do again. I would really like to make another Beetlejuice because it’s totally 100 percent original, with such talented people involved. Everybody forgets how good that cast was. The trick to do it again is not to over-tech it. There was something great about the basics of how we put things together. They were literally done by people holding things and spinning things like plywood and stuff. It was fun.”
Would you support a Beetlejuice sequel?